Director of the Doris & Harry Vise Library
M.S.L.S., University of Tennessee
B.S. History, Tennessee Technological University
Eloise Hitchcock is the director of Cumberland University's Doris & Harry Vise Library. Before coming to Cumberland, she was the Associate Library Director at Western Carolina University. She has also previously held positions at Tennessee Technological University, Middle Tennessee State University, University of the South and Berea College.
Eloise has a broad range of experience in college and university libraries with expertise in both technical and public services. She has developed initiatives in collection development, reference and instruction, as well as administrative services. Eloise is dedicated to promoting library use, increasing the accessibility of library materials and teaching students how to locate and evaluate information. She has worked within the community by initiating reading programs, sponsoring community book events, publishing bibliographies and writing book reviews for several professional journals.
Eloise was honored as the recipient of the 2008 Frances Neal Cheney Award bestowed by the Tennessee Library Association for her "significant contributions to the world of books and librarianship."
Bibliography of Tennessee History, 1973-1996
by Eloise Hitchcock, W. Calvin Dickson
Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1999. 453pp.
With some 6,000 entries, A Bibliography of Tennessee History will prove to be an invaluable resource for anyone–students, historians, librarians, genealogists–engaged in researching Tennessee's rich and colorful past. A sequel to Sam B. Smith’s invaluable 1973 work, Tennessee History: A Bibliography, this book follows a similar format and includes published books and essays, as well as many unpublished theses and dissertations, that have become available during the intervening years. The volume begins with sections on Reference, Natural History, and Native Americans. Its divisions then follow the major periods of the state’s history: Before Statehood, State Development, Civil War, Late Nineteenth Century, Early Twentieth Century, and Late Twentieth Century. Sections on Literature and County Histories round out the book. Included is a helpful subject index that points the reader to particular persons, places, incidents, or topics. Substantial sections in this index highlight women’s history and African American history, two areas in which scholarship has proliferated during the past two decades. The history of entertainment in Tennessee is also well represented in this volume, including, for example, hundreds of citations for writings about Elvis Presley and for works that treat Nashville and Memphis as major show business centers. The Literature section, meanwhile, includes citations for fiction and poetry relating to Tennessee history as well as for critical works about Tennessee writers. Throughout, the editors have strived to achieve a balance between comprehensive coverage and the need to be selective. The result is a volume that will benefit researchers for years to come.
War of the Spanish Succession, 1702-1713: A Selected Bibliography
by Eloise Hitchcock, W. Calvin Dickson
Dickinson. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996. 140pp.
Unleashed by the death of the last Hapsburg king, the War of the Spanish Succession was a general European war affecting most of Europe and parts of the New World. Including English, French, German, Dutch, and Spanish language sources on the war, this bibliography will be useful to both the scholar and the beginning researcher. Many of the titles in the background chapter will aid the student, as will some of the introductory monographs and English-language primary sources. The volume includes chapters on administrative and diplomatic histories that provide an understanding of the course of the conflict, as well as chapters on the theatres of conflict and the key military figures.
The book is organized around the major subject areas of the war. Following an introduction and a chapter on reference sources is a chapter providing background works and general histories. The volume then provides extensive lists of administration and diplomatic histories. The theatres of conflict are divided into chapters on France and Germany, Spain and Italy, and the sea. The two most important military figures, the Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Savoy, are covered in separate chapters. The book provides a useful guide to sources written from 1702 to 1992.
“Tennessee Bibliography,” with Edwin Frank. Tennessee Librarian. Annual publication from 1995-2004.
“Where the Heck is It?" Library Journal, July, 1991.
“Materials Used in the Research of State History: A Citation Analysis of the 1986 Tennessee Historical Quarterly.” Collection Building, Vol. X, no. 1/2, 1990.
North Carolina Library Association Conference, “Surviving SACS: the Librarian’s Role in Reaccreditation.” October 17, 2007, Hickory, NC.
Association of College and Research Libraries National Conference, “We are all in the Same Boat: Public Relations by Committee at an Academic Library.” March 29 - April 1, 2007, Baltimore, MD.
TennShare Workshop “Selecting and Managing Electronic Resources.” August 9, 2002, Murfreesboro, TN.
Reviews of books and Internet resources in Choice, Library Journal and other professional publications.
Awards and Honors
Listed in Who's Who in America, 65th edition, 2011
Recipient of the Tennessee Library Association's 2008 Frances Neel Cheney Award for Significant contributions to the world of books and librarianship.
TennShare Board Member - Academic Library Representative
Editorial Board member for Tennessee Libraries, the Journal of the Tennessee Library Association.
Advisory and Board member and Editor for IGI Global Publishing "Advances in Library Information Science and Research" Book Series.